The early days of Saratoga County and its various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 35 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and New York, a Guide to the Empire State, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The communities mentioned include: Ballston, Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clarksville, Clifton Park, Corinth, Cresent, Day, Dunning Street, Edinburgh, Factory Village, Fortville, Galway, Galway's Corners, Gansevoortville, Greensboro, Hadley, Hadley on the Hudson, Hagedorns Mills, Half Moon, Johnsboro, Malta, Maltaville, Mechanicsville, Middletown, Milton, Moreau, Northumberland, Popes Corners, Providence, Reynolds Corners, Saratoga, Schuylerville, Saratoga Springs, Stillwater, Victory Mills, Waterford, Wilton, and West Galway. Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet are: the Discovery and Develpment of the Mineral Springs; the Surrender of Burgoyne with the Articles of Capitulation (or Convention); the Meeting of Gen. Gates and Gen. Burgoyne; Detailed Account of the Battle at Stillwater; a letter written by the Baroness Reidesel, who was anticipating dinner with the British officers when the battle began; the "imperfect" Saratoga Monument at Schuylerville; Saratoga Battlefield State Park; Horse Racing at Saratoga Springs; Saratoga "Queen of the Spas"; the Casino, built by John Morrissey, the undefeated bare-knuckle champion; Skidmore College; facilities at the Saratoga Springs Reservation; and an early form of branding cattle and the first potato chips. The booklet has no index, but names mentioned include: the Rev. Eliphalet Ball, Nicholas Low, Gen. Philip Schuyler, Gen. Putnam, Gen. Lincoln, George Strover, Brig. Gen. Fellows, Col. Daniel Morgan, Brig. Gen. Nixon, Brig. Gen. Glover, Col. James Wilkinson, Capt. Goodale, Gen. Learned, Lt. Col. Brooks, Lt. Col. Tupper, J. Walker, Col. M. Jackson, Gen. Benedict Arnold, Col. Cilley, Gen. Poor, Lt. Col. Colburn, Gen. Grant, Granny Andrews, Col. John Stark, Col. E.E. Ellsworth, Illetie Van Slyck Van Olinde, Anthony Van Schaick, Father Isaac Jogues, Gideon Putnam, "Aunt Kate" Weeks, Spencer Trask, Sir William Johnson, Victor Herbert, Richard Canfield, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Jacobus Barhyte, Edgar Allan Poe, and the sir names: McDonald, Douglass, Freeman, Kosciusko, Dearborn, Pattison and Ten Broeck. ILLUSTRATIONS depict the Schuyler Mansion, a View of the Battleground in Stillwater, the house where a British General died, and views of Saratoga Springs, Ballston and Waterford. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1841, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There's also a small map of the area from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.